Last updated on: 4/28/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Raphael Cohen-Almagor, DPhil Biography

Title:
Chair of the Department of Politics and International Politics at the University of Hull
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Kevorkian’s missionary vigor, like any unqualified vigor, betrays the best interests of patients and ill serves the interests of society. The United States as well as other democracies should devise ways to stop Kevorkian and like-minded doctors, to think creatively to comply with the genuine desires of all patients in this modern, technologically advanced era of medicine, and to help doctors who feel that sometimes termination of life is necessary.”

The Right to Die with Dignity: An Argument in Ethics, Medicine, and Law, 2001

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chair, Department of Politics and International Politics, University of Hull, 2007-present
  • Member, Institute of Applied Ethics, University of Hull, 2007-present
  • Member, Institute of Communication Ethics, University of Lincoln, 2005-present
  • Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2007-2008
  • Founder and Director, Center for Democratic Studies, University of Haifa, 2003-2007
  • Visiting Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins School for Advanced Studies and Institute for Policy Studies, 2003-2004
  • Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Library, & Information Studies, University of Haifa, 2002-2006
  • Member, Public Committee on the Dying Patient, Ministry of Health (Jerusalem, Israel), 2000-2002
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Metamedica, Faculty of Medicine, Vrije Universiteit, July-Aug. 1999, Apr. 2002
  • Visiting Professor, School of Law and Department of Communication, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 1999-2000
  • Member, Israel Press Council, 1997-2000
  • Director and Founder, Think-tank on Medical Ethics, 1995-1998
  • Visiting Fellow, Hastings Center, Jan.-Feb. 1994, Mar. 1999
Education:
  • DPhil, Politics, Oxford University, 1991
  • MA, Political Science, Tel Aviv University, 1987
  • BA, Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University, 1985
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Did Dr. Jack Kevorkian Ethically Serve the Best Interests of His Patients?